EGU24-21117, updated on 11 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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 Compiling analysis-ready ice data across cryosphere disciplines 

Julia Kowalski1, Ana-Catalina Plesa2, Marc Boxberg1, Jacob Buffo3, Klara Kalousova4, Johanna Kerch5, Maria Gema Llorens6, Maurine Montagnat7, Tina Rückriemen-Bez2, Dustin Schroeder8, Anna L. Simson1, Christophe Sotin9, Katrin Stephan2, Benjamin Terschanski1, Gabriel Tobie9, and Natalie S. Wolfenbarger8
Julia Kowalski et al.
  • 1RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • 2German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin, Germany
  • 3Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
  • 4Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 5University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
  • 6Geosciences Barcelona GEO3BCN - CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
  • 7University Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
  • 8Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • 9Nantes Université, Nantes, France

Ice is omnipresent in our Solar System: on Earth, on different planetary bodies, and on moons in the outer Solar System. In the past, terrestrial and extraterrestrial cryosphere science mostly developed as independent research fields whereas synergies may shed light on both fields. In fact, close cooperation across different cryosphere research communities is a necessary prerequisite for designing future planetary exploration missions. An in-depth knowledge of similarities and differences between ice regimes on Earth and beyond paves the way for a mission preparation that optimally orchestrates terrestrial analogue field test, lab experiments, and simulation-based extrapolation to hypothesized ice regimes at the target body.

The authors of this contribution constitute the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) team Bridging the gap: from terrestrial to icy moons cryospheres, which started in 2023 and brings together scientists of different focus in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial cryosphere research. The overall goal of our project is to make knowledge hidden in the vast amounts of existing data from different research groups accessible by consolidating it into a comprehensive meta-data enriched compilation of ice properties including uncertainty margins if available. This extends to relevant physical regimes and different scales on both Earth, and icy moons including data from field campaign measurements, laboratory experiments, and planetary missions. A particular focus of our work will be to increase the analysis readiness of the data for subsequent data-driven or simulation-based analysis. This approach will provide us with the unique opportunity to transfer and extrapolate the information from the Earth to the outer Solar System bodies.

Here, we will introduce the project and its rationale, describe our approach to selecting and compiling the data, as well as how we will make them accessible, and present first results.

How to cite: Kowalski, J., Plesa, A.-C., Boxberg, M., Buffo, J., Kalousova, K., Kerch, J., Llorens, M. G., Montagnat, M., Rückriemen-Bez, T., Schroeder, D., Simson, A. L., Sotin, C., Stephan, K., Terschanski, B., Tobie, G., and Wolfenbarger, N. S.:  Compiling analysis-ready ice data across cryosphere disciplines , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-21117,, 2024.

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